Me and the Machine

Fiction - Science Fiction
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 02/13/2024
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Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite

All Gabrielle Rhodes wanted was to be a Gausser, an elite unit of soldiers for the Network of Corporate Protectorates (NCP) and Swayy Corp, just like her now-fallen brother. But her small body meant she did not qualify for enlistment. Her shrewd mind, however, had gotten her admission into Moore Academy, the best military school in Amiens, her home planet. Almost giving up on her dreams, Gabby is offered a lifetime opportunity by Admiral Davis. She is expected to preview a covert operation run by the Admiral. Depending on whether or not she liked it, she could be part of it, or join the Gausser troopers. Jumping at the opportunity, Gabby ends up on Discordia, the spaceship hosting the Admiral’s project. But then, she finds herself in the middle of a mutiny orchestrated by her childhood friend, Executive Officer Morgan. Morgan wants to steal the Admiral’s technology and sell it. If the technology falls into the wrong hands, it could mean the end of millions of lives. Find out how it all goes down in Wesley Watts’ Me and the Machine.

This space opera is going to have you hooked from cover to cover. If you are looking for a gripping dystopian science fiction novel packed with action, drama, thrills, adventure, suspense, and ingenious plot twists, among much more, Wesley Watts’ Me and the Machine is just what you should be looking for. Weaving an intriguing plot that runs on a double timeline, Watts offers a whole new world of endless magnificent imagination. The succinct writing accompanied by commentary on advanced AI and space technology, and the sharp intellectual edge of the plot gave the storyline a quite complicated yet beautiful flow. Watts breathes life into the scenes with evocative depictions. It felt like I was right there next to every character, watching the scenes unfold. The depictions of the cast’s traits and emotions allowed me to connect with them. In a world whose foundation is fragile, Gabby can easily make a wrong choice and end up on the wrong side of the “good war.”